1973 Mercedes-Benz 250 Saloon (114) 1973 Mercedes-Benz Coachwork by 2.8-Litre 250 Rally Car Registration no. LFL 430L Chassis no. 11401122019767
Somewhat confusingly, the Mercedes-Benz 250 saloon (built 1970-1976) was fitted with the 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine of the existing '280' and produced initially alongside the true, 2.5-litre '250'model. For the new 2.8-litre '250', the '280' bodyshell was shortened by 220mm, resulting in a smaller fuel tank, and narrower tyres specified. Weighing less than the '280', the 2.8-litre '250' was marginally the better performer and, like its contemporaries, incorporated the host of advanced safety features that made these 'New Generation' cars so remarkable.
This Mercedes-Benz 250 was purchased from a Cambridge taxi firm by Mr Paul Merryweather, who then spent a considerable sum of money preparing it for the 2000 London-Sydney Marathon. Works undertaken included fitting new front wings, sills and floors; strengthening the engine mounts and chassis; renewing the suspension; raising the ride height; and installing a set of 'bull' bars. We are advised that the engine has been changed to comply with 'Post-Historic' rules while other modifications include a Getrag five-speed gearbox; Powr Lok differential; up-rated springs/dampers; 26-gallon boot-mounted fuel cell; twin fuel pumps; and a substantial roll cage. Some 42,000 miles have been covered since the rebuild. Finished in white with grey cloth interior, this proven long-distance rally car is offered with FIA papers, sundry bills, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document.
This car has been the subject of an Insurance Total Loss Payment in 1990.